Tiff, the Beach, and Human Experience

[The following is a re-post with some minor revisions of an earlier blog I first published on 4 April 2016] Did I really take Tiffany to the beach last week? And if she went, was I really there? Are we missing out on the experience by trying to ‘capture the moment’? I thought I’d use…

Lifelong Learning: Lessons from a Spider

Many – maybe most – people are not the greatest fans of spiders, so much so that I’m cautious about using images that (hopefully) won’t trigger arachnophobia. They’re not my favourite creature either, but I do owe them my gratitude for a lesson one of their kind once taught me… When I was a sessional…

Eat the Bagel, or, There Is No Try

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda I recently responded to a student tweet with the above quotation. The student had mentioned something they were hoping to (would ‘try to’) do over the next week or so. I can’t remember who the student was, or what exactly they were aspiring to create…

Sometimes Things Go Wrong: Embracing Failure and Imperfection

Sometimes things can go wrong, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be right too. I’ve been thinking for a while now about compiling all of the bloopers from teaching videos I’ve made since 2013 into one collection. There are precious few usable stuff-ups that I haven’t put online in some form anyway. Such things can…

What is KAOS?: The Value of Mystery

THIS IS SPARTA KAOS!! Well, I guess this may have grabbed your attention… These days, it seems that movie trailers are getting longer and longer, and as a result showing more and more of a film’s action, jokes, and even major plot points – yes, I’m looking at you Batman vs. Superman! In a sense,…

Online Etiquette: Remembering the ‘Social’ in Social Media

If Tiff worked it out all by herself, then… I’ve been thinking a lot about online etiquette lately, and with that came thoughts of writing about it here. The inspiration didn’t arise from the absence of a grateful reply to an email I’d sent a colleague providing advice they’d asked for. And it didn’t come…

Thinking (in) Videos: Merging the Critical with the Creative

Graduates not only need to be able to make things; they need to be able to think critically as well. A few days ago I was sitting on a Course Review panel chatting to an industry practitioner who co-founded an innovative creative agency based in Melbourne. The company does a lot of digital production and…

It Started with a Pack of Cards: Motivation and Reward

When I was young, my Dad would encourage my brother Luke and I to work out with him in the shed every week… almost every week… I think. When he could get us to do it anyway. Two decades have passed and my memories have blurred, but I distinctly remember feelings of both annoyed reluctance…

Don’t Trust the Teacher!: Advice for/by Students

I wrote in an earlier blog called ‘Who’s Learning From Whom?‘ about my dismay over the years that the views and ideas of students are often not given the weight they deserve by their peers. That post shared a video with Catherine Shelley, a recent Deakin University graduate now working as an Event Producer, which…

Learning by Doing: Getting Practical with Digital Media

The types of teaching videos I’ve put together have changed over time. In 2013, I began making what I called ‘meLectures‘, which comprised weekly reflections on unit content via talking head footage, conversations with various people, and the more important/influential/entertaining footage of my maltese-shitzu companion Tiffany. In 2015, I started taking out my guest ‘interviews’…